Bells will ring out across Milton Keynes on Saturday to mark Prince Philip's death

The bellringers of MK have confirmed plans to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's passing

Friday, 9th April 2021, 6:48 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 6:50 pm

Buckingham Palace announced earlier today that the Queen's beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh had passed away aged 99.

Previously, his Royal Highness' had spent March in hospital receiving treatment for a pre-existing heart condition.

Read: Remembering when Prince Philip came to Milton Keynes as tributes flood in following his death aged 99To mark Prince Philip's death, the bellringers of Milton Keynes have announced plans to toll a single bell 99 times - or for five minutes - at noon tomorrow (Saturday April 10).

Prince Philip has sadly passed away today (April 9) aged 99. Photo: Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images

In a statement to the MK Citizen, Martin Petchey, chair or the North Bucks Branch of bellringers, said: "The bellringers of Milton Keynes have learnt with sadness of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

"In common with bellringers all over the country, they will mark his passing by tolling a single bell 99 times (or for 5 minutes) at noon on Saturday 10 April in their home tower.

"Ringing is still very constrained by restrictions imposed by the pandemic, but where it is possible it will be half-muffled, the traditional sign of mourning, for the next eight days.

"There will again be the tolling of a single bell at the time of the funeral."